Wanted to touch base with each of you this morning to keep you in the loop as much as possible.
Today, the FBI and MBI continue to identify and locate relatives and acquaintances of Mr. Byrd. A few of those are out of state, so we will also be coordinating those. We will also update the family as often as possible about what we are doing.
Again, each piece of information you may hear about needs the context of the entire investigation in order to glean a full understanding.
As of now, there is no plan for a press conference today. In an effort to make sure we aren’t missing any of his associates, we are asking those who knew Mr. Byrd to contact the FBI’s Jackson Office at 601-948-5000.
I AM DON ALWAY, SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE OF THE FBI IN MISSISSIPPI
I WANT TO UPDATE YOU ON WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING TO GET ANSWERS FOR MR. BYRD’S FAMILY
OVERNIGHT, OUR FBI FORENSICS TEAM COMPLETED PROCESSING THE SCENE WHERE DEPUTIES AND WILDLIFE, FISHERIES, AND PARKS OFFICERS DISCOVERED MR. BYRD
THIS MORNING, THE STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED THE VICTIM AS OTIS J. BYRD OF PORT GIBSON, MISSISSIPPI
THE MEDICAL EXAMINER ALSO PERFORMED AN AUTOPSY AND WILL ISSUE A PRELIMINARY REPORT LATER NEXT WEEK THAT WILL BE ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE IN THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH.
TODAY, ABOUT 30 FBI AGENTS PARTNERED WITH MBI INVESTIGATORS IN CLAIBORNE COUNTY, LOOKING FOR MR. BYRD’S FRIENDS AND TALKING TO HIS FAMILY MEMBERS, TRYING TO FIND ANY PIECE OF INFORMATION WHICH MIGHT BE RELEVANT TO THIS CASE.
OUR EVIDENCE RESPONSE TEAM ALSO SEARCHED A STORAGE UNIT WHICH CONTAINED MR. BYRD’S BELONGINGS.
ALL OF THESE EFFORTS ARE AIMED AT ONE SINGLE MISSION. PUTTING ALL THE FACTS TOGETHER, LOOKING AT THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE AND GAINING IMPORTANT CONTEXT.
WE KNOW THE COMMUNITY DESERVES ANSWERS, THE FAMILY CERTAINLY DESERVES ANSWERS, AND THAT’S WHY THE FBI, ALONG WITH OUR PARTNERS IN MISSISSIPPI LAW ENFORCEMENT, ARE COMMITTED TO LEARNING EVERY DETAIL WE CAN BEFORE ARRIVING AT A CONCLUSION.
YOU’VE LIKELY HEARD RUMORS, AS I HAVE, ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AND WHO IS RESPONSIBLE.
IT’S OUR JOB TO SEPARATE RUMOR FROM FACT, LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE , AND DETERMINE WHAT HAPPENED.
WHEN THOSE FACTS ARE DETERMINED, WE WILL BREIF THE FAMILY FIRST, AND THEN PRESENT OUR FINDINGS TO THE PUBLIC.